Truth time: My husband has never taken me out for Valentine's Day. I know, gasp! The best part is I couldn't be happier about it. We almost never go out to eat, so I don't want to blow such a special occasion as a dinner out with long wait lines and no reservations to be found. We would both much rather celebrate at home and perhaps schedule a date night on a less predictable evening.
So what does a perfect Valentine's Day look like at our house? Probably some steaks on the grill. One giant steak grilled to medium/medium-well for Matt. (Hey, it's better than the well done hockey pucks he was eating when I met him.) I prefer one smaller steak done rare. I need to leave room for the important stuff! In this case, chocolate. Preferably the warm and gooey kind. You know, the kind that bursts forth as you stick your fork into its cakey shell. The kind that is fudgy and rich and delicious. Most likely with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, a side of lightly sweetened whipped cream and if I'm particularly lucky a puree of strawberries. You know, that kind! Because that's what Valentines day is all about! Ok. There's the love and family stuff too. But mostly chocolate!
Chocolate Lava Cakes
Makes 4 Cakes
1/2 cup semi-sweet baking chips
1/2 cup butter + a little for buttering the dishes
1 cup powdered sugar
2 egg yolks
6 T flour
2 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
Optional additions for serving: powdered sugar, whipped cream, strawberry puree, ice cream
- Preheat oven to 425F. Butter four ramekins (I think ramekins in the 6-8 oz range would be best).
- In a glass bowl, microwave the chocolate and butter on high for 1 minute. Stir and microwave in 15 second bursts until the chocolate is smooth.
- Whisk in the powdered sugar, eggs, egg yolks and vanilla. Whip it by hand for a couple up minutes to make sure it is very well incorporated.
- Stir in the flour and pinch of salt to form a thick batter.
- Spoon evenly into prepared ramekins. Bake 13-15 minutes or until the edges are set but the center is gooey. It reminds me of a souffle as it bakes, it grows tall and will form a crust over the top.
- Let the cakes stand for a couple of minutes, then run a knife around the edge and invert onto a plate. Dust with powdered sugar and garnish as desired. serve while warm and delicious!
Now, here are some great Valentine's Day ideas from some of my favorite bloggers. It appears I am not the only one that likes a little chocolate to celebrate. I cannot wait to give these ideas a try. There are also some movie suggestions so you can cuddle up with your sweetheart and have a wonderful date night at home.
First, let me introduce you to the people that made this collection possible. These are the authors of some of my favorite blogs. They come up with some of the most delicious (and fun) ideas year round.
Now for the fun Valentine's Day ideas. I hope your sweet tooth is warmed up and ready to go!